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Move – A Time-Lapse Exploring the Constant Motion All Around Us

By Hanssie on May 10th 2015

There is motion all around us. The leaves gently sway against the wind, a sleeping dog sighs and twitches, cars move quickly (except on the 405 freeway) with hurried drivers behind the wheel, the movement of my chest as I inhale and exhale.Movement equals life. The world moves at a frenetic pace around us and we need to move to keep up. It isn’t until we stop or are forced to stop before we recognize and appreciate the constant motion.


The following time-lapse, “Move,” focuses on this motion. Photographer Aaron Keigher invites you to join in his exploration of movement as he travels the Western United States to capture nature, the night sky and man-made structures that dot the skyline all in perpetual motion. Using night as his backdrop to give the motion center stage, he spent months and many sleepless nights filming and editing as the world moved around him. Among some of the places he captured were: Antelope Canyon, Page, AZ, Anza Borrego State Park, CA, Arches National Park, UT, Big Bear, CA , Big Sur, CA, Cochella Valley, CA, Crater Lake National Park, OR, Joshua Tree National Park, CA, Los Angeles, CA, Mount Hood, OR, Seattle, WA, Spouting Horn, Kauai, HI and more.



Among some of the highlights in the video is at around 2 minutes where a foggy San Francisco is seen and then the camera pans on a frenzied fireworks show. Keigher then begins experimenting with different camera movements that really makes this time-lapse stand out from the rest. In the video notes, he says, “I used various time-lapse equipment that moves the camera on multiple axises during the shots, adding an additional level of motion to the film.” This is around the 2:30 minute mark as you see the satellites at the
CARMA and OVRO Radio Observatories, CA move in perfect and robotic unison, in time to the music – a synchronized dance. My absolute favorite part is the star trails at minute 3:30 which are totally mesmerizing.

Equipment Used:
Canon EOS 6D
Canon EOS 1DX
Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Canon EOS 7D
Rokinon 14mm f2.8
Canon 16-35mm f2.8
Canon 24-105mm f4
Rokinon 24mm TS f3.5
Canon 35mm f2
Canon 50mm f1.8
Canon 70-200mm f2.8
Canon 300mm f4
Emotimo TB3 Black 3-Axis Motion Controller
Dynamic Perception Stage-R Pan/Tilt Modular Digital System w/NMX Motion Controller
Dynamic Perception Stage-Zero Slider (3’, 6’ and 12’ lengths)
qDSLR Dashboard

You can see more of Aaron Keigher’s work and follow his photography here: Photography Portfolio:
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[Via Aaron Keigher on Vimeo.]

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Brandon Dewey


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  2. Paul Tucker

    Beautiful to watch, but the music choice had me rubbed a bit raw by the end of it.

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  3. Chuck Eggen

    Beautifully done. Great processing.

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  4. Scott Trombley

    Very cool. Anyone have any recommendations for an Intervalometer, Andoer and a Motorized Track Slider kit or pieces for someone just starting out but would prefer something quality that would last a little longer than the cheapest thing out there?

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